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Call the Midwife Audiobook

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Female, 2013

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

©2002 Jennifer Worth (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    A 05-03-13
    A 05-03-13 Member Since 2013

    No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on BookLikes. Audible Member since 2002!

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    ""..slice of social history.""

    My sister told me, "You have got to see "Call the Midwife. It's available to stream. Get it." So I got it and I was hooked from the get-go. Then I saw the book on Audible and decided to get it even though I tend to avoid reading the book when I've seen movies --and the movie if I've read the book. Glad I broke the rules.

    I read one description of the book as "misery memoir meets a fascinating slice of social history"** and this description has stuck with me as the almost perfect description of this book. The book is much more detailed in ways that a movie never can be but I have to admit that by the time I got to the end I was ready to put the book down. The author had long since made her point, I thought, and it was starting to get repetitive.



    (**Sorry I can't credit the source because I am not sure of it.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Porter 03-19-13
    T. Porter 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Worth and/or Nicola Barber?

    No, i thought the reader was rather slow and it made it drag. I have watched some of the series and thought it had much more life to it. Plus watching the series i didn't have to hear the whole graphic pornography of a prostitution ring. i quit reading and i am having this deleted from my list of books. My kids download what i get and if they read anything with porno in it i would rather it wasn't something i gave them to read.
    i was very disappointed to have that scene suddenly come up in my reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish i had read that this gets graphic but it isn't my book and so i don't feel like i have a right to say what i would change.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicola Barber’s performances?

    Probably not. There was no liveliness to this at all. I thought it could have been read with at least a tiny bit of feeling.


    Was Call the Midwife worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i wish there was a rating system on the books. it is hard to know what you are getting when you pick one but i thought i was safe picking this one since it is from the 1950's and about a midwife.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Verily Stevenson 05-18-17
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    "My favorite audio book so far!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call the Midwife to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I only experienced that audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chummy, because I love her spirit and how she wins people over.


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Nicola Barber before, but I LOVED her voice! I lived in England for a while and I love a British accent and hers is so lovey that it was like listening to music. I loved how she reads the Cockney accent, she really brings the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I loved listening and was very sad when it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    After this book I downloaded the rest of the series and they are all wonderful books, I highly recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dkgates 05-18-17
    dkgates 05-18-17
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    "Loved this book!"

    At first, the accent of the reader was distracting but as the story continued, she was enchanting with her inflections and different accents of the British people. The story was touching and the ending quite sweet. Highly recommend. It was a delight from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DB PA, USA 05-07-17
    DB PA, USA 05-07-17 Member Since 2008

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    "I enjoyed every minute​."

    a wonderful book. I think I'm going to listen to this again it's a little short but hi I'm content and wonderfully read.

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    K 05-04-17
    K 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories of life in the 50's"
    Would you listen to Call the Midwife again? Why?

    The charm of this book for me was the firsthand account of what life in London was like after WWII. The bombed buildings, living conditions, medical procedures, social life - they were all quite fascinating.I would happily READ Call the Midwife again but wouldn't listen to my talking book because the reader is forever dropping into a whisper which is hard to hear. I usually listen to books in my car and the road/tire noise does fill the background but I haven't had this issue with the many, many other books I've listened to. It was quite annoying.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicola Barber?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The stories sometimes run over a few chapters but are quite self-contained and it's easy to put it down and pick it up later for a different story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Brock Oklahoma 05-03-17
    R Brock Oklahoma 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to Call the Midwife the most enjoyable?

    The story is well told, funny and moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adored the stories about Conchita and her family.


    What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has such a range! She has a voice for every character and is really great at it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I very nearly did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 04-29-17
    Robin 04-29-17
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    "Truth stranger than fiction"

    Some of the characters and episodes are quite surprising. It's a look into a society that has disappeared, where people were poor but a community. Some of the midwifery is pretty graphic and some of the misery of the neighborhood. The community of nuns turns out to be very entertaining. I haven't watched the TV show but maybe now I will. I thought the narration was very good.

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    Amazon Customer 04-04-17
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    I loved the book and I think others should read it too. Very Historical altogether.

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    Amazon Customer 03-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    Sad when it ended..good stories..if you love the show on PBS this just expands it

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